“If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams
Change is inevitable, and it will occur exponentially in the next two decades at a rate we have never seen before. By 2025, millennials will comprise 75 percent of the workforce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And as amazing as our smartphones and computers are today, technologists believe we currently have only 10 percent of the technology that will exist in the near future.
Do upcoming leaders have the wisdom required to navigate through this generational shift of employment and technology progression in the workplace? It is either a prescription for a great amount of hope or disaster.
The Chinese definition for “crisis” is the combination of two things: danger and opportunity. It is in our nature to fear change, to see it as danger. But what if we instead use change to our advantage and make it a driving force — an opportunity — for ethical leadership?
We are living in an era of hyper change, and with change, ethical leadership is needed the most.
As we approach singularity, the place where artificial intelligence intersects and equals human intelligence, the need for ethical leadership becomes paramount.
Times change but values remain
As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to develop rapidly, we must simultaneously develop our authenticity, investing in our character rather than our reputation.
In my experience, working with countless businesses across Central Florida, I have identified common traits displayed by successful entrepreneurs: personal responsibility, optimism and, above all, value-based decision making. Entrepreneurs must root their leadership in things that do not change, such as timeless values that will outlive social and technological advancements.
In our signature philosophy Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars, Eric Wright and I provide you with 10 unchanging principles that establish a foundation for ethical leadership. Wisdom comes from experience, so we are passing the wisdom of value-driven leaders to the upcoming generation through this timeless mentoring tool.
The Foundation of Trust • Relational Priority Diversity of Expression • Influence, not Imposition The Significance of Synergy • Prevailing Vision Process Orientation • Validating Desire Life is both Natural and Spiritual • Building a Legacy
If you have leaders operating inside these 10 virtues, using them as a guidance system to make decisions and interact with others, results will be positive.
Lead one, and you can lead many
Leadership starts at the individual level. A person does not have to be responsible for a company to be called a leader. The foundation of leadership does not change as you climb up the ladder; the responsibility is just greater because it impacts more people. With great power comes greater responsibility.
Leaders, as defined by Richard Barrett, are individuals who courageously pursue a vision in a manner that resonates with the souls of others. There are three important aspects of this definition:
Courageously — We can provide you with the 10 fundamentals to value-based leadership; however, if you do not have courage to act, it is meaningless because you will never take action.
Vision — You must have a vision that releases aspirations and establishes your “why.”
Resonating — Connect with the souls of others, not with their heads. Unfortunately, we do not have a lot of leadership that resonates with souls.
Compare the messages of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Adolf Hitler. Both were leaders with millions of followers, but the results of the consequences of their messages could not have been more different.
As we approach singularity, the place where artificial intelligence intersects and equals human intelligence, the need for ethical leadership becomes paramount. We cannot assume that because of the vast amount of advanced technology associated with Artificial Intelligence that the result will be good. This intersection presents the ultimate battle of good vs. evil. ◆
Jeff Piersall, a former award-winning collegiate basketball coach, is the CEO & founder of SCB Marketing, an innovative content marketing company that inspires brands to higher levels of success by elevating trust and connecting brands with key people of influence. Jeff is a successful entrepreneur, business consultant, speaker and co-author of “Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars.”